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Old 11-11-2009, 09:03 AM
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Good stuff. In my view a dissaster is much more likely than most of us believe.
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In the event of a disaster I wonder how many people would have even the slightest idea of what to do, other then run around like a chicken with its head cut off?

Two years ago we had a bunch of mini-tornados through out the area. One touched down near me and knocked down a couple power poles thus we were without power for 2 ½ days. Well I wasn’t but then I have an emergency generator just for such occurrences. Naturally not everyone in the area had one or even thought about possibility that they could go out and get one. Of course even if they had one they probably wouldn’t have known what to do with it. But now seeing as how all the homes in our area have their own wells without electricity they were also without water. Obviously they still had water sitting at the bottom of their wells they just didn’t have any idea of how to access it. Thus their world suddenly ceased to exist and they were totally unable to cope.

Eventually after the power was restored their solution was to petition the village to have city water brought in and the pipes were just starting to be laid last week. The village as you would expect loves providing this type of service as they will now get to sell them the water as this adds to its general revenue.

And the cost for all of this! An extra $1500 a year for the next 15 years in taxes for installing of the pipes, plus another 12 to $2400 per year for the water all this to get something that they already possessed virtually for free.

Any guesses on how these people would handle a real disaster? Other then expecting government to save them.
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I've got to get this set up at my house.

https://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Toyota-...ckup-Generator
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Ouch! Those extra tax amounts really hurt, Mad Sci.
Alot of people just don't plan ahead for emergencies; similar thing here when
Ike hit us last year and we had no electricity for several days. Folks wanted
to know how I seemed to have lights when no one else did. I told them, I
keep plenty of candles and flash lights handy, plus a radio with batteries in it
for a "just in case situation."
Same way with canned foods that don't need to be cooked and a hand operated
can opener. It pays to be ready for any unexpected emergency!
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We have a generator also, and today we purchased a heavy duty auto battery charger,, being that we expect 30 below weather here in the next few months we decided to really get ready, which we are not near ready. Lots of stored food and the electicity is almost all connected but I will not rest in my mind till the wood stove is connected... hopefully by next week.

You know, I don't know how to use that generator. we have an electric pump on the well but how to connect things up when things go down. Better talke to hubby about that. I count on him too much for the "guy" stuff.
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Arrow:

Here is a relatively simple and cheep way to be able to easily connect your generator to the well pump.
Typically at you water tank there will be a master switch to turn the pump on and off. There will be a wire coming from this switch to the pressure switch somewhere on the tank or water line (which turns the pump on and off as needed) and then a line going out to the pump.

Now if you were to put a plug and socket in the line coming from the master switch, then if you need to run the pump with the generator all you need to do is unplug the pump from the house wiring and plug it into an extension cord going out to the generator.
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Sounds like a great idea, Jim. Just please hire an electrician to help you
with the intricate plugs, wiring, etc.
We'd miss you!
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You can go on line via satellite. I believe a lot of truckers are doing this. Don't know what the cost is.
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Sounds like a great idea, Jim. Just please hire an electrician to help you
with the intricate plugs, wiring, etc.
We'd miss you!
Don't worry. I always have to buy my way out of these problems. I'm afraid of messing around with anything to do with electricity or fire where it concerns household. I have a fair sense of engineering; but my career field of engineering was with computers - worthless in the real world.
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